With only 15 legislative days remaining in 2013, the passage of a comprehensive immigration bill in the House is increasingly less likely. Some components, however, still have the potential to make it. For this to happen, the House has to stop endlessly arguing about the budget or the Healthcare law, dilly-dallying and taking breaks, while the suffering of migrants continues and hundreds of people continue to die.
Suffering and death has been going on far too long, as documented by these videos:
· “Pasture of Plenty” (by Solas)
During the years of the Obama Administration, the number of people deported are almost 2 million, many of them separated from their families and communities.
Focusing upon the humanity of the immigrants trying to reach Lampedusa, Pope Francis said: “ ‘Where is your brother?’ His blood cries out to me, says the Lord. This is not a question directed to others; it is a question directed to me, to you, to each of us. These brothers and sisters of ours were trying to escape difficult situations to find some serenity and peace; they were looking for a better place for themselves and their families, but instead they found death. How often do such people fail to find understanding, fail to find acceptance and fail to find solidarity. And their cry rises up to God!....Before arriving here, [they] were at the mercy of traffickers, people who exploit the poverty of others, people who live off the misery of others. How much these people have suffered! Some of them never made it here.”
Pope Francis was speaking of those who perished on the seas attempting to reach Lampedusa (Italian island in the news due to deaths of immigrants). In a similar struggle, countless numbers have died in the deserts of Arizona and Texas trying to reach a better life here in the United States.
Our Southern Border is the American "Lampedusa".